Knocked out my first state (outside my home state WA) on this RV Dive Adventure....FINALLY! Dove Wednesday evening at Lake Coeur d'Alene with Jake's Scuba Adventure! I was impressed to see that almost 20 divers showed up!! From what I gathered, most of them were fairly new divers that participated in these weekly shop dives to further develop their skills, cool off on hot summer days, and just have fun! Thanks for letting me kick it with you and be my first of the 49!
It was a sizzling hot day and just the thought of trying to get into my dry suit made me sweat! So I elected to go with the good old wetsuit only I forgot my gloves in the process of changing things around. The water was a warm 70°+ at the surface and while we hit a very distinct thermocline as we descended below 40' it was easily tolerable without gloves. The lake is full of old logs and there was an old barge... an old logging industry area. The biggest challenge of this dive was the number of divers and the silt being kicked up by their flutter kicks as you can see by a couple of the photos. Only a few critters by comparison to saltwater diving but it was still fun to get in the water and blow some bubbles. I got some much needed practice with the wide angle lens. My dive buddy, Drew, knew where the fish hung out so I managed a couple pictures of things other than LOGS! Lugging around less lead and freshwater cleanups are always a dive bonus :)
That leaves 48 states to dive! Although I will most likely stick to Washington until fall, this was a fun way to start things off.
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition.